General Sickles to Mr. Fish.
Madrid, December 15, 1873. (Received January 9, 1874.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy and translation of the address of General Jovellar on taking possession of the government of Cuba last month. It will be observed that the past five years are described as a period of conciliation, to be superseded now by a policy of combat, announced in the name of the government of President Cas-telar. It is, besides, significantly intimated that all discussion of political questions must cease, since it weakens the Spanish party and helps the common enemy. The abolition of slavery is to be a theme of continued meditation and study, which the planters have, it seems, already initiated, so that in due time a solution of the problem may be found which will reconcile the interests of labor, the rights of property, and the maintenance of production. Thus re-assured, the slaveholders are told to dismiss all fears of ill-considered and extreme measures.
The platform of the new captain-general is accepted, as might be expected, with unqualified satisfaction by the organs of the “Casino Es-paSoi.” The views expressed on this subject in my Nog. 730 and 902 are confirmed by this official and public avowal of the representative of the Spanish republic in Cuba.
I am, &c,